Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Featured Artist: Mark J





Peace and blessings,

Next up among the long list of Gospel Spitters, is Mark J. who's repping the ATL. The following tracks are from his album, "Soulutions." The premise behind the album is that the solutions to any problem we face is teh renewal of our souls through a relationship with JC. The first track is actually the last track on the album and its entitled "The New Slave Trade." It's basically comparing physical slavery to spiritual slavery, focusing on contemporary pop culture. Let the track play after the song ends, because he leaves you with some food for thought.




The next track is called "Intercession" and in my opinion is the dopest track on the album. It features my boys Japhia Life and Ahmad from 4th Avenue Jones (both have been previously featured on this site). The song centers around the fact that as Christians, we are called to pray for others. Let's get it going...




This track, entitled "God of Israel," is a shot-out to God for the many ways He provides. Isn't He good?



Last but not least, this song is one of the more thought-provoking with regards to the internal (spiritual) battles that we face on a regular. Three stories, one theme...



Ok for real, this is the last song. "Espananza" deals with an issue that everyone who has been or are currently in a serious, meaning relationship can relate to. I need to call my baby right now and tell her how much I love her, lol... Oh yeah, and regards to teh woman's question at the end of the song. Why do you ladies ask those type of questions?





Any thoughts on the tracks? Enough to make you cop the album? Share your thoughts and speekonit...

3 comments:

wytemike said...

Check it out, i dig that your a christian and that your preaching living healthy and positive. But christianity is extremely euro-centric and many things were done to create the effect. The jesus pictures that were done during the renaissance is really Cesare Borgia, the second son of pope alexander IV. Christianity was used to conquer foreign lands and brainwash uninformed people. Most of the bible is filled with common sense teachings, that anyone with half a brain would know. Why is it that christians beleive they are speak the truth and they are righteous and that other cultures are wrong. Religion has done nothing but divide for years. Christian Don't accept science and biology which is extremely stubborn and ignorant because it is based on fact, not a book that was written centuries ago by people who had a hidden agenda. I have prayed to god when i'm down and out, but that is what I was tought being raised irish catholic. I remember going to church and people would look down on my father and I because we didn't have much money and he would wear blue jeans and a t-shirt. Knowing right from wrong and loving your fellow man is common sense. Christians need to step off their high-horse and accept others for not partaking in their close minded outlook on life. Just a couple of thoughts, i'm not trying to attack you personally I just have a lot of thoughts on the subject that christians can't stand to listen to for more than 30 seconds before blowing up and walking away. Christianity was the religion that was given to slaves to make them behave.

Thoughtz said...

First off, thanks for hitting up the site and showing love. You raise alot of really good points that I think needs to be addressed more openly and often among Christians and non-Christians. With regards to using Christianity to justify slavery, you are absolutely right. I wrote on that issue briefly in February of last year (http://www.speeklife.com/2006_02_01_speekonit_archive.html). With regards to Europeans distorting teh image of Jesus and making Him appear white with blue eyes and such, you are also correct. With regards to people in the church sometimes discriminating against those outside of the church, or against those who don't fit into a particular "box," you are very correct. Lasty, I agree with you in that Loving one another and knowing right from wrong is common sense.

I think that the things you highlight as "issues" within Christianity reflects a much larger issue, which is 1) the gap between "mainstream Christianity (e.g., what u see in movies, paintings of Jesus as white) and those whom I think are really (and accurately) representing the faith and 2) focusing too much the self and rituals that we end up discouraging more than encouraging people to come to Christ. For instance, as a Christian, I have dealt with, and I am currently dealing with those same issues that you have raised, so are other Christians I know. The whole deal with slavery is that they did use Christianity as Jesus meant for it as a means to justify and promote slavery, but they distorted it. What they gve slaves may have been some biblical scriptures, but it was in no way Christianity. I think one of the major problems is that that image of Christianity (as with the image of Jesus as white with blue eyes) are more visible than the accurate accounts of Christianity, which is why many people either have a limited or negative view of Christianity. In terms of fact, all one has to do is look at the region in which human life first begun, as well as scriptural references to egypt, middle east, and the physical features of Jesus and others in the bible, one would easily see that the depiction of "white Christianity" are false. For me, it took learning more about Jesus' teachings, and developing a deeper personal relationship with Him to not only realize that it is ok for me to disagree with how Christianity has been distorted and corrupted, but I'm supposed to disagree! I know tons of people (family, friends, etc...) who don't get down with Christianity for the very same reasons you have raised. My response to them, as to you, is that they just need to engage with who Jesus is and what his ministry consisted of. I cannot describe what it will be like for you to personally know Jesus--not religion, but Jesus--, all I can do is pray that you decide to do so.
Lastly, in terms of the common sense argument, I don't think that the fact that knowing right from wrong and loving one another negates the validity of the bible. In fact, I think it supports it. For instane, these are the two main things that Jesus spoke about. However, what I think often gets left out about Jesus' teachings is that he was a revolutionary and a mind-free'er (I know that's not a word but bare with me, lol). He was about reaching out to those who were marginalized and oppressed, those who were looked down upon by the religious institutions back then, and who are sadly looked down upon by some Christians today. In terms of the science and biology issue, I don't think that Christianity (e.g., Jesus' teachings) are against science and biology. What they are against, in my opinion, is science and biology "playing God" in the sense of trying to create and manipulate life. I'm currently a doctoral candidate in education so I value intellectual inquiry and progress in one's thinking about ways to improve quality of life and understanding of ourselves and the world, but some boundaries should not me crossed. We have been given the ability to study life, but not create, manipulate, or dictate it. In their own way, every discipine (e.g. psychology, biology, anthrpology, chemistry) is trying to indentify, label, and explain the wonders of God. For instance, biology can tell us how blood flows to different organs, but they cannot tell us what caused the blood to form and start flowing in humans to begin with? What about in the first human?

I aologize for the super-long response, and I apreciate all of the issues you've raised and made me think about. If you ever want me to provide scriptural references to the points I raised, or to just continue this conversation, just holla....

Thoughtz said...
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